Criticizing Wikimedia and Wikipedia

Archive for January 2009

Is Wikipedia in recession? After recent announcement of Nicolas Negroponte that OLPC is having difficulties, it seems the global financial and economical crisis won’t pass on non-profits by. In its last issue, the Wikipedia Signpost wrote the project is experiencing edit decline – have the problems come to the world’s biggest collaborative encyclopedia? One could hope not so, but such online-charity projects rely heavy upon volunteers, and if a volunteer has problems, he/she does not contribute.

On the other hand, the Wikipedia project has been growing for years, so a downturn would be no surprise… I am wondering what will happen to Free and Open Source Software projects and businesses – are they a better and more sustainable model than the rest of the world?


Bug in initramfs /init detected. Dropping to shell. Good luck!

bash: no job control in this shell

That is the output of both Sugar-spin Live CDs i tried on my AMD Geode LX800. The first was from early November 2008 running on Fedora 9.92, the second was a brand new Fedora 10 with Sugar 0.82-2.

Although I might be FOSS advocade, I still use Windows for a good portion of my work. I have not even managed switch from Windows XP to Vista and yet, some features new to Vista wont be included in Windows 7.  Here are some of the features removed from Windows 7.

Classic Start Menu and classic Taskbar

This is a real joke to me – the real reason why people stayed with Windows XP instead of migrating to Vista was that Vista confused them. While Vista had a lot of new navigation, the core principle of Start menu and Taskbar remained very similar or identical with Windows XP. I see a similarity with the taskbar of KDE  (or however is its “taskbar” called), especially in the new 4 version.

Windows Photo Gallery

I admit I did not study these in depth. However, I liked the Windows Photo Gallery quite a lot and I guessed it was only renamed to Live version.

Windows Sidebar

I actually appreciate this one as it was clearly a step backwards. Windows Sidebar navigation is not really usable.


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  • Jan Kucera (Kozuch): to zxq9: I think you are wrong. Facebook and Wikimedia are in exactly the same market - trying to attract new users. Finally, the Internet is only one
  • zxq9: Wikimedia does exist in the same space as commercial sites such as Facebook. But to imagine that they are literally in the same market is wrong. Faceb
  • Jan Kucera (Kozuch): Interesting insight, especially on the number of user interfaces! However, I think Wikimedia is in the same competition for users (readers and editors